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Preparing for Advent
from Fr. Chad King on November 21, 2014
Preparing for Advent
Once again, I am impressed with how generous you in helping St. Vincent de Paul and the poor people of Ahwatukee and the surrounding Phoenix area. I heard that the number of coats, hats, gloves, etc. collected is seemingly more than remembered in the past. It seems like every time I look at one of the boxes they are full, and I also know they are emptied regularly. So again, thank you so much for your generosity to the poor.
Although at the time I am writing this I don't know how many of the bags that SVdP gave out last weekend will be brought back full of food for the poor, but I am sure I will be so impressed and grateful once again.
It seems too early for Advent to be approaching, but ready or not, the weekend after Thanksgiving (Nov 29/30) is the first weekend of Advent! To help us get ready, and perhaps convince us it is really already here, I would like you to mark your calendars for our parish ADVENT MISSION on Dec. 1, 2, and 3 at 7:00pm. Julie Carrick, a local songwriter, singer, and evangelist who presents Parish Missions throughout the country will be here to inspire us as we begin our preparation for Jesus Christ being born and welcomed anew into our hearts. This mission is entitled: Mary, the Apostles, and Us. Each and every one of us are called to become a Disciple. We know from the Gospels that a disciple is someone who has oriented his or her entire life completely around following the person of Jesus Christ, just as Mary and the Apostles have modeled for us so perfectly. As we approach the Advent Season, I challenge you (as I have challenged myself and the parish staff) to make this Advent Season very fruitful. God's life-giving grace and love is given anew for us if we open ourselves to it—and that is what Advent is all about. If we are honest with ourselves, we all have areas in our lives which we need to surrender to the Holy Spirit, areas we need to let Jesus Christ be born into: areas of hurt, unforgiveness, doubt, complacency in our Spiritual lives, etc., etc. I encourage you to welcome Christ into these areas and every area of your life. Trust me, our lives will be so much better and we will be full of joy and peace when we do. Thank you. Please know you are in my prayers during this Season and I thank you for your prayers for the staff and for me.
Next week I will be writing about another way of encouragement for your Spiritual growth this Advent Season.
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33 Days to Morning Glory
An extraordinary 33-day journey to Marian consecration with four giants of Marian spirituality: St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Saint Pope John Paul II. Fr. Michael Gaitley masterfully summarizes their teachings, making them easy to grasp, and simple enough to put into practice. More specifically, he weaves their thoughts into a user-friendly, do-it-yourself retreat that will bless even the busiest of people. So, if you've been thinking about entrusting yourself to Mary for the first time, or if you're simply looking to deepen and renew your devotion to her, 33 Days to Morning Glory is the right book to read and the perfect retreat to make.
The books are now available in our very own Gift Shop! Also, DVD Retreat Talks will be played each week on Mondays until Nov 24 in classrooms 5&6 at approximately 9:00am (following daily Mass). Marian consecration will be celebrated at daily Mass on Fri, Nov 21 at 8:15am.
If you have questions, please contact Cheryl Wedell at firstname.lastname@example.org for more detailed information.
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St. Vincent de Paul Fall Food Drive
Hundreds of families have been helped with the generous donations from the parishioners of Corpus Christi this past year. One hundred percent of your donations to Corpus Christi St. Vincent DePaul go to assist families in need. We give 10% to help the neediest parishes in our Diocese and the remaining 90% is used to assist families within the boundaries of Corpus Christi. No administrative fees or other charges are taken out of your donation. Please see page 7 for a personal letter regarding your generous support during the 2014 fiscal year.
Many families who would have been evicted from their apartments have a roof over their heads thanks to your donations. In the hottest summer months families were helped with vital utilities. And many, who were hungry, were fed with food boxes made from food donated by Corpus Christi Parishioners. Your donations also go to help people with medical needs and critical prescriptions. We wish you could all see the relief on their faces and the tears of their sincere gratitude for being helped past a difficult point in their lives. All food and monetary donations are significant and make a difference to families we serve. No gift is too small.
Please use the bags distributed after each mass on Nov 15/16 to assist with food. The envelope is for monetary donations that will be used to help families with perishables such as milk, eggs and meat. The monetary donations will also assist with the ongoing needs of rent, utilities and other financial needs that people are facing in this economic crisis.
Please return bags & envelopes on Nov 23/24 before each Mass.
When you make monetary donations to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the ARIZONA CHARITABLE TAX CREDIT allows you to receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit if you itemize your deductions on your Arizona state income tax return. You can receive a tax credit up to $400 when filing a joint tax return, or up to $200 when filing a single tax return. This Credit is in addition to the school tax credit. You no longer need to itemize to claim credit. Besides the tax credit, you will receive the added satisfaction of knowing your money is going to help the poor.
Additionally, we will keep food collection boxes at the back of the church so you can make food donations throughout the year. Monetary donations are always appreciated in the poor boxes at the back of the church as well.
Thank you for your help and God bless you.
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Nov 17, 2014 (9:00a - 10:30a)
Corpus Christi offers a grief support program open to everyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. That includes all of us. This is a safe environment where people listen without judgment when expressing your sadness. Expressing experienced grief helps to heal oneself in a positive way.
Give yourself permission to grieve. God gave us tears. The tears to help us heal.
We are please to be able to offer three separate sessions, each of which will meet for four weeks in the St. Vincent de Paul room of the Parish Center:
Session 2: Mondays, Nov 17, & 24 9:00-10:30am
Session 3: Mondays, Dec 1, 8, 15, & 22 6:30-8:00pm
The support we give is never more than the support we receive. You are welcome to come to any one or all of the sessions. Contact the Church Office and leave your name and phone number to sign-up for the session(s) you would like to attend.
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Parish Advent Mission
Dec 1, 2014 to Dec 3, 2014 (7:00p)
Mary, the Apostles and Us
Featuring Julie Carrick
Let us begin our preparation for the birth of Jesus Christ so that we may welcome him anew into our hearts.
[ Advent/Christmas ]
Dec 2, 2014 (6:00p)
First Tuesday of the month at 6:00pm.
All parishioners are welcome to attend and are asked to bring a small amount of water, salt, and olive oil with them to be blessed during the Mass. The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick will also be offered.
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St. Gerard Circle: Annual Christmas Ornament Exchange
Dec 4, 2014 (6:00p)
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St. Gerard Circle: Christmas Brunch & Boutique
Dec 5, 2014 (9:00a - 11:30a)
Is it time to say, "Merry Christmas," yet?! Join us for Faith, Friendship and some Holiday Cheer at our most popular annual event!
We are currently recruiting vendors for this year's boutique. Booths are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and we welcome only one vendor per business type. Booth space is free for current SGC Members and $25 for non-members.
For more information and to sign-up, please contact Maureen Pass at email@example.com.
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St. Gerard Circle: Book Club
Dec 5, 2014 (7:30p)
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First Saturday Rosary Hike
Dec 6, 2014 (8:15a)
Join other Parishioners for a Rosary Hike on South Mountain on the First Saturday of every month! Fr. Rafael will give a short reflection along the way and will offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
When: Sat, Dec 6 - Begin with 8:15am Mass. Finish hike by 11:00am.
Where: Mass at Corpus Christi. Hike along Warpaint trailhead.
Who: People of all ages (7-70+)
What to bring: Rosary, water & a light snack
For additional information, contact Pete Hofmann, 602-531-7487 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Dec 6, 2014
We will be hosting our annual Knights’ Kids event where we help clothe underprivileged children. If you would like to donate to this worthy cause or even participate, your donations may be tax deductible.
For more information on how to donate, please contact Grand Knight Doug McCarty at email@example.com.
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Our Lady of Guadalupe Presentation
Dec 7, 2014 (6:30p)
in the Parish Center
You and your family are invited to the Junior High and High School presentation of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Admittance to the presentation is a box of cereal to be donated to St Vincent de Paul.
[ Advent/Christmas ]
St. Gerard Circle: Baby Jesus Birthday Party
Dec 13, 2014
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Women’s Sodality Christmas Dinner
Dec 13, 2014 (6:00p)
Dessert - Entertainment - Raffles
To purchase tickets, please contact Dee at 480-893-2619 or Myra at 480-326-8088.
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“The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola” Women’s Retreat
Feb 13, 2015 to Feb 15, 2015
at Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery, Phoenix
The retreat is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola and is comprised of guided meditations, personal reflection, Mass, opportunities for confession and spiritual direction.
Take some time to step out of your hectic schedule to examine your life, your relationship with God, and your relationship with others! Discover the richness of your faith in an atmosphere of prayer and silence.
For more information, please contact Terri Hofmann at 480-247-6961 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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5th Annual Phoenix Catholic Women's Conference
Feb 21, 2015
"That which is True, Beautiful and Good"
at Xavier College Preparatory, Phoenix
Leah Darrow, Leila Miller and Ruth Ristow
Please join us for a Spirit-filled day!
New this year: Breakout Session for young Catholic ladies ages 16-22 years old!
Vigil Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted
Tickets now available!
Cost: Early bird tickets: $50
After Thu, Jan 15: $60
Young Catholic Ladies (16-22): $25
For more information call Roberta at 602-471-1944 or visit pdccw.com.
Hosted by the Phoenix Diocesan Council of Catholic Women
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